BANGOR – Feeding Bangor is a grassroots effort that aims to put food on the tables of needy older residents in the city.
Members of the group gave out their first food boxes last week and they are currently looking for food donations.
Seniors get a 30-pound box of food every third Wednesday of the month. The boxes are handed out at Joe’s Market on Garland Street between noon and 2 p.m. And include staples such as pasta and cereal.
Seniors simply need to sign up by calling the Eastern Area Agency on Aging. Feeding Bangor is one of around 50 drop off spots in the region.
“Seven out of ten children live in households that are food insecure. The fact that our seniors are food insecure is an atrocity that the city needs to address,” said Melissa Newbury of Feeding Bangor.
Feeding Bangor is moving into space near the Peace and Justice Center and organizers hope one day to be able to open a convenience store-type pantry where people can pick out the food they want seven days a week.